New AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors Announced

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The new 2009-2010 Board of Directors for the American Academy of Professional Coders Chapter Association (AAPCCA) was announced last week at the AAPC’s National Conference in Las Vegas. The board is comprised of eight returning members and eight new members, all experienced and skilled medical coders, former local chapter officers and leaders in their communities.

The AAPCCA, the governing board for the AAPC’s more than 400 local chapters, was established in 2007 to create, maintain and sustain the AAPC’s local chapter infrastructure. The board does this through policies and assistance to local chapters, empowering local chapter leaders to function in support of the AAPC mission, “Upholding a Higher Standard.” The AAPCCA and all AAPC local chapters are not-for-profit.

The members of the 2009-2010 Board of Directors are:

New members are denoted with an asterisk

Region 1—Northeast

Charla Prillaman, CPC®, CPC-I®, CEMC™, CCC™

Charlotte, N.C. Chapter

*Cynthia Trapp, CPC®, CPC-I®

Burlington, Mass. Chapter

Region 2—Atlantic

Suzan Berman-Hvizdash, CPC®, CEMC™, CEDC™

Central Pittsburgh, Pa. Chapter

*Freda Brinson, CPC®, CPC-H®

Savannah, Ga. Chapter

Region 3—Mid Atlantic

Janet Dunkerley, CPC®, CPC-I®

Columbia, S.C. Chapter

*Lynn Ring, CPC®, CPC-I®

Winston, N.C. Chapter

Region 4—Southeast

Reba Harrison, CPC®, CEMC™, CEDC™

Atlanta, Ga. and Dallas, Ga. chapters

*Melissa Brown, CPC®, CPC-I®, CFPC™

Jacksonville River City, Fla. Chapter

Region 5—Southwest

Diana Yates, CPC®, CPC-H®, CPC-I®, CPEDC™

Denver, Colo. Chapter

*Wendy Grant, CPC®

Little Rock, Ark. Chapter

Region 6—Great Lakes

Jill Young, CPC®, CEDC™, CIMC™

Lansing, Mich. Chapter

*Shelly Bauguss, CPC®, CGSC™, CANPC™, CGIC™

St. Louis East, Mo. Chapter

Region 7—Mountains/Plains

Linda Hallstrom, CPC®, CEMC™

Phoenix, Ariz. Chapter

*Angela Jordan, CPC®

Kansas City, Mo. Chapter

Region 8—West

Suzanne Fletcher-Petrich, CPC®, CPC-I®, CPC-P®

Tacoma, Wash. Chapter

*Jeri Leong, CPC®, CPC-H®, CPC-I®

Honolulu, Hawaii Chapter

AAPC’s Director of Local Chapter Support, Marti Johnson, serves as the AAPC liaison on the AAPCCA Board of Directors. Additionally, in its first board meeting held earlier this month, the AAPCCA elected its board officers:

Chair: Linda Hallstrom

Vice Chair: Jill Young

Secretary: Suzan Berman-Hvizdash

Treasurer: Reba Harrison

Meeting Coordinator: Shelly Bauguss

More information about the AAPCCA is available on the AAPC’s Web site at

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